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organizations & networks

ASQ Lean Enterprise Division

Division of American Society for Quality focusing on Lean in manufacturing, government, healthcare and other sectors.

American Society for Quality (ASQ)

A knowledge-based global community of quality professionals dedicated to promoting and advancing quality tools, principles, and practices in their workplaces and communities. Wide range of resources relevant to Lean in higher education.

Efficiency Exchange

Efficiency Exchange helps institutions discover and share good practice and innovation in the delivery of value for students.

Lean Education Academic Network (LEAN)

LEAN is an organization primarily composed of university educators who are dedicated to the growth of lean research, teaching, and practice.

Lean Enterprise Academy

Mission is to deepen the understanding of Lean and to spread Lean to every sector and activity.

Lean Enterprise Institute

Mission to make things better through Lean thinking and practice. Includes a Lean forum.

Lean HE

Lean HE is the worldwide community of practice for people applying Lean and similar approaches in Higher Education. Its vision is to support the transformative power of Higher Education, through the practical application of Lean approaches. It does this through sharing best practice and networking: online; in global, continental and regional activity; and international conferences.

Lean Ohio

Range of Lean resources designed to help make services simpler, faster, better, and less costly.

Miami University of Ohio Lean Glossary

Glossary of Lean terminology.

Michigan Technological University Continuous Improvement

Includes blogs, trainings, and a list of useful texts.


NACUBO, the National Association of College and University Business Officers, is a membership organization representing more than 2,500 colleges, universities, and higher education service providers across the USA and around the world.


NCCI, the Network for Change and Continuous Innovation: Higher Education’s Network for Change Leadership, was founded in the USA for university leaders interested in continuous improvement, organizational development, planning, quality, institutional effectiveness and related areas.

Norges Arktiske Universitet (The Arctic University of Norway)

Includes selected readings and tools and techniques (in Norwegian).

Planet Lean

Magazine of the Lean Global Network, launched in February 2014 as a platform to share LGN's knowledge of and experience with Lean thinking and practice around the world.

Process Excellence (PEX) Network

The PEX Network helps business leaders find practical advice on making their organization more efficient, profitable and agile by providing information on continuous business improvement.


A social networking site for scientists and researchers to share papers, ask and answer questions, and find collaborators. Many Lean in higher education related papers.

Shingo Institute

Part of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. Aside from administering the Shingo Prize, the Shingo Institute additionally creates and licenses educational workshops, organizes study tours, offers an executive education program, and hosts an annual conference.

The Lean Edge

A platform for discussion between management thinkers and Lean management writers. Lean authors give their responses to general management questions posed by guest writers. The aim is to share different points of view and to collectively build a vision of Lean management.

Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association (UCISA)

UCISA, based in the UK, draws together and enhances the collective and individual expertise of the people leading and supporting digital transformation and services in educational institutions to the benefit of all members. Resources include ‘Establishing Process Improvement Capability in an HE Environment."

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